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  • Locations: Mendoza, Argentina
  • Program Terms: Summer
  • Budget Sheets: Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Area of Study: Program Type: Faculty Directed
Class Eligibility: Housing Options: Home Stay
Language of Instruction: Program Provider: NIU Faculty
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum GPA: 2.5
Program Description:

Latin American Culture and
Spanish Language
in Mendoza, Argentina




Faculty Director:
Professor Linda Saborio

Program Overview

IMPORTANT - To download the complete program description for comprehensive information on dates, courses, travel, cost, and more, click:  Mendoza Argentina 2019.pdf
The primary purpose of this program is to provide participants with the opportunity to incorporate a study abroad experience early in their college careers.  For this reason, the ideal candidates for this program would have sophomore standing at the beginning of this program (although juniors or seniors are also encouraged to attend).  Since the objective of the program is to introduce students to Argentine and Latin American culture, the courses and the program are designed to be a gateway to pursue other interests and fields.  Students are provided with the option to choose from two possible three-credit courses:  FLSP 300 Special Topics in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture: Understanding Latin America and FLSP 463 Hispanic Culture through Film. It is possible that the experience of studying in Argentina will encourage them to pursue a foreign language major or minor.  Likewise, the introductory nature of Understanding Latin America may stimulate an interest in anthropology, history, economics, biology, political science or environmental studies as well as fulfill a general education requirement in the Global Pathways track.  Majors and minors in Spanish can choose FLSP 463 since this course will count toward their program of study.  

In addition to the three credit course of their choice, all students will participate in a three credit course:  INTL 301 Study Abroad Programs:  Introduction to Argentine Culture.  The objective of this course is to take advantage of Mendoza’s unique setting to explore different facets of Argentina.  As part of this course, students will participate in a variety of activities from excursions (to an Argentine ranch, the Andes and local vineyards) to cultural activities (museum visits, concerts, films) as well as tango lessons, conversation partner activities with Argentine students and a volunteer activity in a local school.  

In short, this program does not require specific prerequisites (except for course prerequisites for FLSP 463) or a specific major because its purpose is to get students to think globally early on when they are still making decisions regarding their majors or possible career paths.  The point of this program is to pique their interest so that they will return to NIU with a stronger commitment to a global worldview when deciding on their own life path.  All students will receive 6 credit hours upon successful completion of the program.

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Course Offerings

For satisfactory participation in the program, participants will receive a total of 6 semester hours of undergraduate credit.  All students will participate in the INTL 301 class (3 credit hours) and choose one three-credit course from the following two options.  Students must enroll in the two three-credit courses in order to qualify for the program.  It is not possible to participate in the program for only three credits.

FLSP 300 Special Topics in Spanish Language, Literature and Culture: Understanding Latin America              3 semester hours
Description:  Understanding Latin America is an introductory course, which analyzes the various factors (economic, environmental, political, biological, historical) that have shaped Spanish-speaking Latin America.  Particular focus is on how the exploration and development of Latin America formed the globalized world.
Prerequisite:  Consent of department.


FLSP 463  Hispanic Culture through Film         3 semester hours
Description:  An introductory course into contemporary Argentine cinema with special attention devoted to cultural topics.
Prerequisite:  FLSP 320 or FLSP 361 or FLSP 362 or consent of department.


INTL 301   Study Abroad Programs:  Introduction to Argentine Culture       3 semester hours
Description:  An introduction into different facets of Argentine culture through field trips, cultural activities, volunteer work and film.

HONORS CREDIT:  Qualified students may also elect to receive Honors credit for any study abroad course(s) with the approval of the NIU faculty or instructor responsible for the course.  For more information, please contact the University Honors Office.

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Student Life

In order for participants to experience a full immersion into Argentine culture, students will reside with local host families. Given that students are expected to arrive the weekend before classes begin, and will probably return home the weekend after classes end, the program cost covers host family stay from May 27 to June 14, 2019. Depending on availability, some host families may be hosting two students, so there is a possibility that two NIU students will share a room.  As a general rule, however, each host family will sponsor one student.  All breakfasts and dinners during the program will be provided by the host family.  The host family will also do laundry or provide laundry facilities.  The host family stay includes local phone calls (international calls are the student’s responsibility).  In addition, the host family will pick the student up at the airport (provided that arrival dates are May 25 or 26) and take the student to the airport for the return flight home (provided that the departure date is June 15 or 16).  During field trips, the program will provide some (but not all) lunches (either at the university cafeteria or another location), and weekend excursions include all meals.  In general, most meals are included in the price of the program except for lunch on certain class days.  The specific days when students are responsible for their own lunch will be clarified in the program calendar during orientation sessions.

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Application Information

APPLICATION:  Click here or visit the NIU Study Abroad Office website at (and search for “Argentina” or the "Latin American Culture and Spanish Language in Mendoza, Argentina") to begin the online application process for this program. The online process provides guidance on requesting information, advising, or applying for the program.  Please note that at the time of application, non-NIU applicants will be expected to submit a signature verification form and copy of their ID to the Study Abroad Office.  More detailed instructions can be found on the or by contacting the Study Abroad Office at (815) 753-0700 or
$200 APPLICATION FEE/DEPOSIT:  A $200 application fee/deposit is required of all applicants.  The $200 is broken down into $100 for the non-refundable application fee and $100 for a program deposit.  Both the application fee and the deposit will be applied to the total balance of the program cost.  The $100 deposit is refundable only if the participant withdraws prior to the withdrawal deadline indicated on the program materials or for medical reasons verified by a physician if the withdrawal takes place after the withdrawal deadline. 
The $200 application fee/deposit will be charged to NIU students’ NIU Bursar's account.  (Checks and money orders cannot be accepted from NIU students.)  Non-NIU students must submit a check or money order in the amount of $200.  More detailed instructions can be found within the application.

IMPORTANT – All applications will be categorized as “Pending – No Deposit” until the $200 application fee/deposit has been received (or, in the case of non-NIU students, once a check has been received).  The Study Abroad Office will not consider or process applications without the $200 application fee/deposit.  In order to reserve your place in the program you must submit the $200 deposit within 14 days of application.  After 14 days applications without a deposit will be changed to inactive.
February 1, 2019
Please read the following carefully.
Space in this program is limited, so early application is recommended.  Qualified applicants will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis.  
Upon acceptance into the program, applicants must change their status to “Committed” and complete all post-decisions items on the Study Abroad Portal in order to be considered an active participant and reserve their place in the program.
Applicants who have not changed their status to “Committed” will be withdrawn from the program.

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APPLICATION AND ADMISSION PROCEDURES: The program is open to all undergraduates who meet the NIU general admission requirements and have at least sophomore standing.  While there is no Spanish language requirement for this program, students who speak some Spanish will find it easier to manage day-to-day situations.  Currently enrolled students must meet College of Liberal Arts and Sciences course GPA requirements.
Students must be in good academic and disciplinary standing at the time of application.  Students who are on academic or disciplinary probation are not eligible to participate in study abroad programs.  Applicants must participate in the entire program and satisfy NIU undergraduate course requirements.  
Students cannot have any encumbrances against their NIU records.  Any encumbrances placed on a student’s records by NIU (i.e., Undergraduate Admissions, Bursar’s Office, Accounts Receivable, Registration and Records, Office of Student Conduct, Health Services, Parking Services, etc.) must be cleared before a student is granted admission to a study abroad program.
For undergraduate students to be admitted to the program, an applicant’s official transcript must be on file in the NIU Study Abroad Office.  Students who are currently enrolled at NIU, or who have previously enrolled at NIU, do not need to request an official transcript; the Study Abroad Office will make this request on behalf of the applicant.

Students who want to participate in the program and earn academic credit from NIU who have not previously enrolled at NIU, or who are not currently enrolled at NIU, should forward an official transcript as soon as possible to the Study Abroad Office.  Questions relating to the admission requirements or transcripts should be directed to the Study Abroad Office.  

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Program Fees

 NIU  PROGRAM  COST:  The program cost pays for the following cost-related services:
  1. Host family stay accommodations and 2 to 3 meals daily while the group is in Argentina; transportation to and from airport in Mendoza.
  2. Land transportation in Argentina; two weekend excursions.
  3. Admission fees to cultural and historical sites visited as part of the daily schedule.
  4. Six semester hours of NIU undergraduate credit.
  5. NIU International Travel Insurance.
PROGRAM  COST:  $3,955
*This amount represents the total in charges and fees that will be paid to NIU for this program.  Please note that the following charges will post individually on your MyNIU account:
  • Study Abroad Program Charge
  • Instructional Cost
  • NIU Academic Program Enhancement Fee (if applicable)
All prices quoted are subject to change. The information contained in the program documents and forms is presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented. Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.

Non-NIU students should consult with their home institutions regarding additional costs that may apply to study abroad. Non-NIU students are responsible for any study abroad charges imposed by their home institution.

•    Airfare
•    Cost of acquiring a passport (approximately $130, including 2 passport pictures).
•    Additional costs associated with obtaining a visa for travel to Argentina.
•    Immunization fees (if immunizations are required)
•    $40 Undergraduate application fee for non-NIU undergraduate students.
•    Independent travel and visa costs associated with independent travel.
•    Local bus fees (for commuting to the university)
•    Expenses for free-time pursuits.
•    Expenses and purchases of a personal nature.

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Financial Aid

As a participant in a study abroad program through NIU, you may be eligible for:  Pell Grant, SEOG, PLUS Loan, Subsidized or unsubsidized Stafford Loan, or your privately awarded scholarship with consent of awarding organization.  Information is also available in the Study Abroad Office regarding scholarships and grants.  Tuitions waivers do not apply.  Questions regarding the program budget can be directed to the Study Abroad Office,, (815) 753-0857.

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Withdrawal Policy

WITHDRAWAL FROM THE PROGRAM:  Applicants withdrawing from the program after February 1, 2019 will not be refunded the $200 program deposit.

Applicants withdrawing from the program after this date will also be held accountable for any funds obligated to overseas vendors and agents on the applicant’s behalf.  This provision is in effect even if the applicant has not submitted the $200 deposit or additional payments, and if the applicant is applying for financial aid.

If the applicant must withdraw after February 1, 2019 for medical reasons, funds obligated on their behalf to overseas vendors can only be refunded if:
  1. The request is submitted to the Study Abroad Office in writing and accompanied by a signed statement stating that travel is not advised from a physician on the physician’s letterhead; and
  2. NIU is able to obtain refunds from overseas vendors and agents; and
  3. The program has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
CANCELLATION OF THE PROGRAM: The Study Abroad Office reserves the right to cancel this program if the minimum required enrollment is not attained.  If, prior to the commencement of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Argentina, all applicants will be notified promptly of the warning and the possibility of cancellation of the program.  If, during the course of the program, a U.S. State Department Travel Warning is issued for Argentina, students will be promptly notified of the warning and the advisability of canceling the program.
The information contained in the program documents and forms are presented in good faith and is believed to be correct as of the date presented.  Northern Illinois University reserves the right to amend, modify, revise, or delete any information appearing in these documents, including but not limited to the cost of the program.    

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Passport/Visa Information

PASSPORT: --IMPORTANT--All participants are required to possess a valid passport by March 1, 2019. Important Note: U.S. passports must be valid SIX months beyond the intended stay overseas. Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately. If applicants are not within the Chicago area, they must apply at the nearest passport agency.)  Information on acquiring a U.S. passport is available at the U.S. State Department’s website:  Foreign passport holders may need special visas for travel and are responsible for obtaining all necessary visas.
VISA:  A valid passport is required prior to March 1, 2019 in order to obtain a visa to enter Argentina.  Individuals who do not currently possess a valid passport should apply for one immediately upon acceptance into the program.  More details about the visa and fee will be provided in March.

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Contact Information


Please contact the Study Abroad Office
Williston Hall 417
Northern Illinois University
DeKalb, IL 60115
Phone: (815) 753-0700

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This program is currently not accepting applications.